‘UFO style’ lenticular clouds fill Dublin’s skies

Lenticular clouds look like UFOs over Dublin sky

Ireland is right in the middle of a heat wave and strange things are happening in the skies above Dublin.

At first glance, it might have seemed as though aliens were about to land and ask an unwitting member of the public to ‘take us to your leader.’

Luckily, it isn’t something to concern Taoiseach Enda Kenny with as the ‘UFO style’ objects hovering above the city were just a rare cloud formation.

Dublin’s sky was filled with Altocumulus Lenticularis Clouds (or lenticular clouds) which form in a way that gives them the distinct look of flying saucers from the old 1950s movies.

Altocumulus Lenticularis Clouds can form if stable, moist air collides with a large stationary object, such as a building or a mountain.
They are most likely to form when the direction they are travelling is at a right angle in comparison to the direction of the wind.

Meteorologist Tim Ballisty tweeted a satellite image of the clouds over Dublin:

High resolution visible satellite imagery of Dublin lenticular clouds from today. https://t.co/5gEfFlw1sr pic.twitter.com/UMAbty6WsE

— Tim Ballisty (@IrishEagle) June 30, 2015

Take a look at some of the best photographs posted to Twitter yesterday:

Spectacular shot of todays #Lenticular #Clouds over Ballyfermot #Dublin 10 by Amanda Devlin. #Ireland pic.twitter.com/NQix5oraA3
— Kildare Weather (@LiveNaasWeather) June 30, 2015

The day #Dublin came under siege of UFOS! Altocumulus Lenticularis Clouds! pic.twitter.com/SHZGcM8XlL

— Kildare Weather (@LiveNaasWeather) June 30, 2015

Spotted In Dublin! https://t.co/4XqZyPuE8a pic.twitter.com/a4b0tmeKjx
— 98FM (@98FM) June 30, 2015